By the way, doctor: Do breast-enhancement supplements work?

Q What can you tell me about natural hormonal and herbal preparations advertised to enlarge breasts? Do they work, and are they safe?

A Dietary supplements for enhancing breast size are often marketed with compelling testimonials and results from so-called scientific studies. But no clinical trial data have been published on any of these products, so we have no proof that they work.

Estrogen and progesterone are the only natural hormones we know of that increase breast size. But as you may know, studies have linked excess estrogen and progesterone with breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke in postmenopausal women. These hormones may be prescribed in medications such as oral contraceptives and postmenopausal hormone therapy, but they're not approved for breast enhancement.

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